This amazing typewriter was no longer functioning and would have been a complete overhaul to fix. Don't worry all of you fellow typewriter lovers...kids played with this an mangled the type bars and it wouldn't even type a single letter. So, I gave it a new life as a functioning MP3 player/iPod case perfect for display in your home or office. The holder that encases the MP3 player was actually made out of the spool holder and then the clip in front is actually the metal piece that would normally have held your ribbon. The typewriter has been covered in thin strips of copper as well as the speaker cases.